Endless fields of green, as far as the eyes can see, no wonder people fall in love with the rice fields in Ubud. Rice fields can be found simply everywhere in Bali, in the back streets of Canggu, along highways to the North of Bali and along narrow pathways in Ubud. The truth is, you really don’t have to look very far, however, some rice fields are just more impressive than others. One of the best places to go and admire Bali’s beautiful rice fields must be Ubud, mainly for it’s close location to the photography- and instagram-famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Every rice field or rice terrace has something unique to offer, another stunning view, another oasis away from the hustle and bustle, another maze of green. And while you don’t have to look very far, some of the most beautiful rice fields and walkways tend to be a bit hidden, so without further ado, keep on reading to find out where you can find Ubud’s most beautiful rice fields…
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The Most Beautiful Rice Fields in Ubud
The Penestanan Rice Field Walk
The Penestanan Rice Field Walk is one of those places that took us completely by surprise. With little info available online, besides the fact that there is a rice field walk in Penestanan we decided to go and explore the trail for ourselves. As we drove our motorbike down the narrow alley leading to the rice fields we were in awe over the incredible views. The sun was just rising and a cool breeze and soft golden light welcomed us to one of the quietest spots we have found in Ubud. The views over the rice fields, palm trees and Mount Batur in the background are hard to beat, a perfect place to go for a morning walk in our opinion. As we had a clear sun rise we had trouble putting our cameras away as with every few meters the views just seemed to be getting better.
Info on the Penestanan Rice Field Walk
- What is the best time to visit the Penestanan Rice Field Walk? As the Penestanan Rice Field Walk is located a bit out of the centre of Ubud you will see a lot less people here, which means that at almost any time of the day you will be able to enjoy the serene views. We nonetheless prefer to visit the rice fields during sunrise or sunset when the light of the sun is softer, creating that perfect golden glow.
- How long is the Penestanan Rice Field Walk? The total length of the Penestanan Rice Field Walk is 1.5km. However, if you bring your own transport be aware that you will have to park your bike and walk the full trail back as the Penestanan Rice Field Walk isn’t a loop.
- How difficult is the Penestanan Rice Field Walk? The Penestanan Rice Field Walk is one of the easiest walks on this list. The path is mostly paved, a bit narrow, but rather flat making it quite an easy trail!
Looking for more info? Check out our article on the Penestanan Rice Field Walk here!
The Sari Organik Walk
The Sari Organik Walk, named after one of the restaurants located on the walk, is one of those places that proves that you don’t have to go far to find beautiful rice fields in Ubud. Located behind the busy streets of the centre of Ubud you will find a walkway that will lead you through palm tree lined roads, along rice fields, farms, restaurants and art workshops. Many of the restaurants along this trail offer a beautiful view over the rice fields, a perfect place to get some breakfast at the end of your hike. However, many people end their walk at Sari Organik, which is a shame as the best part of the hike is yet to come. As the path becomes narrower you will encounter less people, shops and restaurants on the trail, and the view… only gets better.
Info on the Sari Organik Walk
- What is the best time to do the Sari Organik Walk? As temperatures rise in the afternoon we would highly recommend doing the Sari Organik Walk earlier in the morning. This way you will be able to enjoy the walk before the sun is at its hottest and after your walk you can simply enjoy breakfast at one of the many cafes along the trail!
- How long is the Sari Organik Walk? From the beginning of the trail all the way to the end where it merges into the main road at the Pyramids of Chi it is a rough 3km walk which will take you roughly 30 – 45 min, depending on the amount of stops you make. We walked the trail all the way to the end and back, had some breakfast, and spent a total of 2 hours on the walk.
- How difficult is the Sari Organik Walk? The trail is quite flat and well paved, making it one of the easier walks on this list and as it isn’t a loop you can simply turn around whenever you feel like it.
Need more info on the Sari Organik Walk? Check out our complete guide to the Sari Organik Walk!
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Half an hour North of Ubud you will find Bali’s most famous rice fields: the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. While we had seen hundreds of photos of these rice fields on Instagram, nothing compared to the beauty of these rice terraces in real life. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are a maze of rice paddies with paths and steps leading you up and down along the most scenic views. Combine these with lush palm trees and little rivers and there you have it, a maze of rice fields where you could easily get lost for hours, finding another stunning view with every corner you turn. Along the road that runs along the rice terraces you will find a dozen cafes and restaurants with views over the rice fields, a perfect place to stop for some food after some exploring.
Info on the Tegalalang Rice Terrace
- What is the best time to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace? As with many of these rice fields it is best to come early, especially with a place as popular as the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Not only will you avoid the crowds but you will also avoid the warm Bali afternoons which can make hiking up and down the trails quite sweaty. We personally love visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace for sunrise as the soft light creates the most beautiful golden glow over the rice terraces.
- How long should I spent at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace? You could spent as little or as long as you like at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, it all depends on how much you would like to see. You can simply stop by and admire the view from the restaurants or you could spend an hour or two exploring the rice fields, it is all up to you! We would personally recommend spending at least an hour at the rice fields, if not more!
- How difficult is the hike through the Tegalalang Rice Terrace? There is no set hike through the rice fields, small and narrow paths will go up and down and split, all leading you to different sections of the rice fields. The path can be a bit muddy and slippery, especially during rainy season, so this is something you might want to keep in mind. However, besides that the pathways are mostly well maintained and hiking here is quite easy.
Need more info? Read everything you need to know about the Tegalalang Rice Terrace guide!
The Campuhan Ridge Walk
Close to the centre of Ubud you will find a beautiful walkway that is surrounded by the most greenest vegetation called the Campuhan Ridge Walk. A pathway situated on top of a ridge that offers the most stunning views, a walk that quickly became on of our favourite things to do in Ubud. However, this walk is a bit different from the other walks we mentioned on this list. You see, the Campuhan Ridge Walk doesn’t actually goes through rice fields, instead the walk will take you to the rice fields, situated all the way at the end of the ±2km walk. Once you reach the end of the pathway you will see that it will turn into a small road surrounded by cafes and art workshops, but if you keep going just a bit further, towards the direction of Karsa Kafe, you will see that the view will open up and that you will be rewarded with the most beautiful rice fields view.
Info on the Campuhan Ridge Walk
- What is the best time to visit the Campuhan Ridge Walk? If you prefer to see the Campuhan Ridge Walk in it’s golden glory then we would highly recommend visiting during sun rise or sun set. If you are looking to escape the crowds try visiting during sun rise, the walk is a lot less busy during this time of the day, although it will still be a rare sight to have this whole walk to yourself.
- How long is the Campuhan Ridge Walk? It is a rough 20 to 30 min walk from the start of the trail to Karsa Kafe, where you will find the rice fields. Just keep in mind that this walk is not a loop, so add an extra half an hour to your itinerary for the walk back!
- How difficult is the Campuhan Ridge Walk? The Campuhan Ridge Walk is quite an easy and relaxing walk in our opinion. Just be aware that there are a couple of steps and uneven stones at the walk, so taking a bicycle or a stroller to the Campuhan Ridge Walk is not advised.
Need more info? Check out our complete Campuhan Ridge Walk guide!
Where to stay in Ubud
With Ubud being one of Bali’s most popular destinations you will have no trouble finding accommodation. From hostels and guesthouses to the most luxurious resorts, there is something for everyone in Ubud. We personally loved our stay at Kapu Kapu Ubud, a family owned guesthouse that is only a 10 min scooter ride from the city centre. The guesthouse is located in a quiet neighbourhood and has a beautiful view over rice fields and palm trees, a great option for travellers on a budget who have their own transportation. If you are a solo traveler who would like to stay a bit more central then perhaps check out Puri Garden Hostel, a beautiful hostel that has a pool, does daily yoga classes and so much more. Looking for something a bit different? Check out the map below to find the perfect accommodation for you!
And there you have it, everything you need to know about the most beautiful rice fields in Ubud, from small rice paddies and narrow tracks to one of the most photographed locations of Bali, Ubud truly has it all. Do you know any other rice fields near Ubud that we should discover? Then be sure to tell us in the comment section down below! Before you go, be sure to check out some of our other Bali guides filled with tip, tricks and travel inspiration that will help you plan the ultimate Bali itinerary:
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